Business Forum Committee


Back Row

  • Vamsikrishna Boddu
  • Chaitanya Mamillapalli
  • Madhu Bobba
  • Dr.Venkata S Nagireddi
  • Santhosh Racherla
  • Venkatesh Kaluvala
  • Kiran Kumar Koti
  • Srinivas Gullapalli

Front Row

  • Rao V.Vallabhaneni
  • Ram Talluri
  • Surendranadh Byrapuneni
  • Chandan Duggirala

“We are only as strong as we are united, as weak as we are divided” – J.K. Rowling

The Telugu Association of North America (TANA) founded for the welfare of Telugu people living in North America is bringing the 2017 edition of Business Forum. The changing geopolitical landscape in North America has brought forward the need for Telugu people to stay united and work for collective development. One of the major goals of the Business Forum is to inform and educate the audience on the latest trends and best practices and help them achieve success.

TANA Business Forum will conduct Prerana" and "Medha", during the TANA National Conference, 2017.


We have been consistently hearing the stories of Indians who are making strides internationally and touching lives of millions. These inspiring individuals are setting loft goals and achieving them only to set a higher goal next time. While doing so, they are making people in their community proud and inspiring generations behind them. Listening to them and reading their mind will instill a "Can Do" attitude in the audience. TANA Business Forum has taken up the task of finding such individuals and hear their inspiring stories.


Medha is a platform being created by TANA Business Forum where budding entrepreneurs and startups can showcase their ideas and impress the Venture Capitalists with the idea's business potential. Medha is open to anyone who is passionate about his/her idea. Medha also offers a strong support system to the app to get exposure and flourish.

Please Sign-Up and submit your Medha application here

We will select the ideas and will contact them to walk them through the subsequent process. Instructions will be given on how the pitch can be done. Selected candidates will be given a chance to present before the Venture Capitalists and audience of TANA.


  Prerana & Medha
Dates &Time Saturday, May 27, 2017 11:00 AM C.S.T - 6:00 PM C.S.T
Sunday, May 28, 201711:00 AM C.S.T – 5:00 PM C.S.T
Location TANA Hall, America's Center, 701 Convention Plaza, St Louis, MO 63101


TANA Business Forum welcomes companies and individuals to partner with us in achieving the objectives of Business Forum. Sponsors will be given a chance to be associated with TANA and connect with the audience it has. TANA draws a large audience of targeted people both in USA and India. This is a one-time opportunity in a year to use this platform to showcase one's product/company. Please contact us on below email for further details on sponsorship benefits.

Speakers at Business Forum:

We will be having special guests speaking about various topics.


Aruna Miller is an Indian-born American politician and a member of the Maryland House of Delegates representing District 15 in Montgomery County, Maryland.

Aruna Miller was elected in 2010 to represent the 15th Legislative District in the Maryland House of Delegates and serves on the Ways & Means Committee where she sits on revenue, transportation, and education subcommittees.

While in the House of Delegates Aruna has been a champion of legislation to protect children and environment, and promote public safety. She has been the Primary Sponsor on several key pieces of legislation including:

  • Extending Statute of Limitation for minors to report the sexual offenses
  • Banning the sale of e-cigarettes to minors
  • Banning the sale of Mephedrone a powerful hallucinogenic drug covertly sold as bath salts.
  • Ending the state mandated distribution of White Pages
  • Increasing the state wide teleworking goals for Maryland
  • & many more

Topic: The Business of Politics

Aruna Miller


UpendraChivukula is a Democratic politician who currently serves as a Commissioner on the New Jersey Board of Public Utilities after serving more than 12 years in the New Jersey General Assembly, where he had been the Deputy Speaker.

Chivukula served as the New Jersey General Assembly's Deputy Speaker from 2007–2014. Chivukula was noted for being a strongly progressive legislator and, in coordination with Congressman Rush D. Holt, Jr., pushed through reforms to invest in clean energy, infrastructure projects and high-tech manufacturing jobs.[6]

Assemblyman Chivukula served on the Franklin Township Council from 1998–2005. He was first elected to represent the 5th Council Ward in 1997, and won re-election to his 5th Ward seat in 2001. He served as the township deputy mayor in 1998 and as mayor in 2000.

Chivukula is an advocate for raising the minimum wage, supporting social security and medicare, and investing in public education.[2][3] In 2014 he ran in the Democratic primary to fill retiring Congressman Rush Holt's seat in Congress, but he did not win the nomination.

Topic: How to maximize the strength of your ethnicity in technology business

Upendra Chivukula


Mr. K. Raghu Ramakrishnam Raju serves as Managing Director of Ind-Barath Energy (Utkal) Limited. Mr. Raju serves as Promoter and Managing Director at Ind-Barath Power Infra Limited. Mr. Raju has over 12 years of experience in commissioning, operating and managing power projects. He started the first power project using rice huskas fuel in 1998. Mr. Raju was the Co-Promoter of two gas based plants, 20 MW power plant by R V K Energy Limited and a 55 MW power plant by Arkay Energy. He has commissioned and managed eight power projects during the last ten years. Mr. Raju holds positions such as the President of the Bio Mass Power Producers Association Tamil Nadu, President of the Maharashtra Bio-Mass Energy Developers Association. He served as the President of the Biomass Developers Association of Andhra Pradesh. He serves as the Chairman at Ind-Barath Power Infra Limited and has been its Director since February 1995. Mr. Raju holds a Post Graduate Degree in Pharmacy from the Andhra University.

Topic: Power sector (Solar, Wind..etc) investment opportunities in India

Raghurama Krishnam Raju


Allu Aravind is an Indian film producer and distributor in Tollywood and political candidate. He produces films under his production banner Geetha Arts with his brother-in-law, actor Chiranjeevi.

He was an active member in the PrajaRajyam, a regional political Party in Andhra Pradesh, founded by Chiranjeevi. He held the post as general secretary for the party.

Aravind is the son of Telugu actor Allu Rama Lingaiah. He has three sons named Allu Venkatesh, Allu Arjun, and Allu Sirish. Arjun and Sirish are actors in Telugu films.He is the maternal uncle of actor Ram Charan.

Topic: Film production

Allu Aravind


After 20 illustrious years of award winning performance at one of India’s top PSUs, Mr.Chowdary setup G&C Global in 2004, which in a span of 13 years has grown to become South India’s leading real estate development & wealth management firm and one of the leading in the country with pan India operations spanning 14 branches across India & abroad.

Through the unique investment offers designed in collaboration with India’s leading developers, Mr.Chowdary has helped 1000s of families across the world in creating wealth to the tune of 50% to 200% ROI in real estate investments spanning all major verticals of the industry – that is commercial, residential, retail & hospitality.

In addition to offering a portfolio of over 100 projects across India in above categories, G&C has also undertaken development of signature projects and is set to become one of the leading developers of gated communities in Bangalore and Andhra Pradesh, where its group companies collectively hold land banks of over 1000 acres.

Mr.Chowdary holds MBA in Marketing from Birla Institute of Technology (BITS), Mesra, Ranchi.

Topic: 12 Common Mistakes Done by NRIs while investing in Indian Real Estate & Latest trends & Opportunities in Amaravati

A.V.R Chowdary


Worldwide, jaundice is responsible for 50% of hospital readmissions for newborns and 10 infant deaths per hour. The treatment: exposure to light from a special flourescent bulb. But that usually happens in the hospital. NeoLight has developed a phototherapy device that is portable for use at home. The company is also working on a second tool to treat infant hypothermia.

Role: Medha Panel Judge

Vivek Kopparthi Co Founder, NeoLight


Deepak Kant Vyas is highly respected Philanthropist, Civic Leader and Global Entrepreneur, Chairman & CEO of Redberri Corporation with business interest in Software, Pneumatic Tool, Private Equity, Real Estate, Hotels, Energy, Life Science, Medical Education, International Trade, and soon to launch Redberri International Convention Center in Chicago Metro – Largest Convention Center in Aurora CVB nestled over 28 pristine acres.

He developed global business in over 24 countries closely working with various governments overseas, he has rightly earned recognition from his peers including St. Louis Business Journal as Most Influential Business Leader in St. Louis Region and winner of Inclusive Leadership Award. Editorial Called Deepak Kant Vyas Mover & Shaker in Saint Louis Region. Redberri Corporation – Private Equity Business is the largest Minority owned company in the St. Louis Region as reported by St. Louis Business Journal in their issue in December 2009. Redberri is named 2016 TOP 100 companies started by Indian in North America by Silicon India Magazine

Chairman Deepak Vyas recently hosted President of Ukraine in Washington, DC for Whitehouse Nuclear Summit 2016 – rare honor and privilege.

Topic: India Business Relationship and Growing Influence of NRT

Deepak kant VyasChairman & CEO of Redberri Corporation.


Ratna has been a very active Non Resident Telugu (NRT) living in US for the past 20 years. He is currently working as Vice President at one of the leading Financial Services Company in NY. Ratna also has been passionately helping several kids in achieving their fullest academic potential through the learning centers he manages. Ratna was appointed by the AP State Government as the APNRT North East Regional Admin.

Topic: Reap with Pride @ Amaravathi

Ratna Sekhar Mulpuri


Vidyadhar Garapati (GV for short) is the chief executive officer of the NGA Group, Inc. A graduate of the Institute of Mechanical Engineers in India, Vidyadhar has over 20 years of experience building and developing software applications, and creating online portals. For 15 years, he has overseen the growth and success of, one of the leading online relocation portals, helping millions of individuals, families, and businesses find professional moving companies for their specific needs. Since becoming CEO of the NGA Group, Vidyadhar has played a vital part in the achievements of the company. GV is also overseeing the development of – the first ever dating platform for Indian singles. Vidyadhar’s success has helped him pursue his core belief: to give back to the community. Vidyadhar resides in East Brunswick, NJ, with his wife and three kids, who are his motivation for leading a successful enterprise.

Topic: Business Opportunities in Moving and Storage industry in USA


Mrs. Neeta Bhushan joined the Indian Foreign Service in 1994. As a career diplomat, her overseas assignments have included political and information work in Tokyo (Japan), Head of the Press, Culture and Information Wing in Dhaka (Bangladesh), and Head of the Economic and Commercial Wing in the Indian Embassy in Berlin (Germany). She also worked as Director in the Department of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Finance and as Joint Secretary (Parliament & Coordination) in the Ministry of External Affairs.

Before joining as Consul General of India in Chicago, she was Deputy Chief of Mission in Embassy of India, Abu Dhabi.

She is married to Mr. Anurag Bhushan. He was Consul General of India in Dubai and presently she is Joint Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs. She has a daughter and a son.

Neeta BhushanConsul General of India-Chicago.


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